You hear of people joining the gym around the beginning of the new year. “New Year- New me.” But, another big time people join the gym is around student graduation. I guess it’s time to get rid of that freshman 15...or 30. For myself, people always predicted that I would gain a bunch of weight when I started college, got married, and when my wife got pregnant. But what people have to understand is when you walk with Jesus every day for 20 some years, you stay pretty fit! I am very proud to say that I am a graduate of Impact University. Over the past four years, I’ve learned three valuable lessons. 1, you’ve got to exercise; 2, you’ve got to eat right: 3, always go for the gold. You’ve got to Exercise - It’s one thing to go to a Bible school where you learn to recite Bible scriptures and win theological debates with to the facts you know. It's another when you leave knowing how to walk and live the Christ Life. At many universities you discover the answer to “what,” but at Impact University you discover the “how.” So many places can give you information but it is so much more important for us to learn how to fish on our own instead of someone giving us the fish. This is what I learned at Impact, and once I did, I soon found out that it takes exercising what I've learned. Living this Christ Life is not like riding a bike, it is something that you must practice every day. You have to renew your mind, practice the fruits of the Spirit, use the spiritual Gifts, and more, daily. You need to exercise those faith muscles because they only get stronger.


You’ve got to Eat Right - When I moved out of mom and dad’s home and moved in with a roommate, I realized going grocery shopping with them was a bigger challenge than people think. You soon find out how much those boxes of cookies your mom always gets really are. You have to start making decisions on what it is you want to eat, as you bypass the whole fresh produce section to get your junk food, making sure there are no judgy looks on your new roommate’s face, and then after all that you grab one more bag of chips...for later. After it's all said and done, you have a mini-flashback of your mom telling you to finish your veggies on your plate when you were a kid but ignore it. Now you feel like trash because you ate a lot of trash. Let's face it, we’ve been there, and when we eat trash we feel like trash. That’s why Impact teaches you to feed on the Word of God daily. It is very easy when no one is holding you accountable to skip reading the Word or prayer time, but when you get in the habit of skipping, your soul becomes fat. Well maybe not fat, but you can tell a difference spiritually.


Always go for the Gold - Another vital lesson I left Impact with is always go for the Gold. Reach for the unreachable, believe for the unbelievable, dream big, and trust God. Too many times we have aborted our hopes and dreams because we did not give it time to grow into what God wanted it to be. When we plant seeds we know that it will take time, but if we water it and give it what it needs it will grow into something beautiful. Too many times we dig up that dream. We don’t want to wait for the “right time” so we settle for the “right now” and that’s not always how God works. I am living that testimony of waiting, praying, and trusting God right now. I gave the plan He placed on the inside of me the attention it needed, and it is bigger and better than anything I could ever imagine. I love the quote “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among stars.” I encourage you to go after God, and along with that journey you’ll come across things better than you could ever imagine. So keep exercising, eating right, and going after the gold.

Blog by: Dallas Banks